Paul passed away March 17, 2018, just a couple of weeks shy of his 84th birthday. He was a good man who made a good life: he loved his wife and entire family, enjoyed a challenging career and fostered many rewarding friendships.
He will forever be remembered with love and fondness by his wife, Marie and their five children: William, Jeanne, Margaret, Elizabeth and Guy; as well as their spouses and partners, Andy, Keith, Colleen and Carlyn; and especially by his grandchildren, Christopher, Sarah, Ian and Cole; by extended family and by good friends and neighbors and caregivers.
Paul was born in Farrell, Pennsylvania to Pete and Ora Stanton; he was brother to Robert. He is reunited with all of them in heaven.
Paul and Marie were high school sweethearts who married in 1955; their marriage of 63 years was truly an extraordinary partnership. They created and fostered a tight-knit, well-educated family; together they met the challenges of a military & aerospace career that crisscrossed the country; and finally they crafted a busy and fulfilling retirement.
Paul joined the U.S. Air Force as a cadet in 1954 and rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel within his 24-year service. He was a Navigator, Acquisitions Mgt Officer, Systems Engineer, Test Director (and many other roles his top secret security clearances wouldn’t let him talk about). While in the military he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross for Vietnam service, Air Medals, and Meritorious Service Medals. After leaving the USAF, he worked for Texas Instruments, Martin Marietta and finally Lockheed Martin on a variety of defense and aerospace projects.
Paul and Marie retired in Littleton, Colorado and gathered a valued network of friends and neighbors. They were monthly MARS bridge players and Paul was an active member of the Littleton Retired Men’s Club and liked nothing better than golfing, lunching, playing poker and laughing with his buddies. He and his neighbors took turns shoveling snow off each other’s driveways and cheering on the Denver Broncos.
His kids have cherished memories of family vacations, playing card games and building puzzles with Dad. His grandkids remember the times Paul played with them, raked leaves with them, picked them up from school, traveled out to California to visit with them, shared stories of his life. His sons-in-law remember trading golf tips, listening to military stories, discussing work and watching the game with him. And we all remember his hobby/mania for building a personal library of classic movies – 700 titles-strong.
Paul finished the last stage of his earthly journey here in California, loved and cared for daily by his family. While the final months of Paul’s battle with Parkinson’s were difficult they were made easier by his caregivers, Andy and Geno and the staff of Atria Walnut Creek.
Paul touched many lives and will truly be missed.
Services will be held at St. Isidore Church on Monday, March 26 at 1:30 p.m.